Friday, January 28, 2011

Savory Onion Bread Pudding

On Wednesday night,  I made onion bread pudding for J and I, which I have been dreaming about all week.  I don't think I can emphasize enough how much I love bread pudding.  If it is on the menu at a restaurant, no matter what else is on the dessert menu, I am ordering bread pudding.

This was a delicious and fairly inexpensive meal--the most expensive part was the Gruyere cheese but because you only need 3 ounces or 3/4 of a cup, even the cheese isn't too much. 

We served this with a simple arugula (or rocket) lettuce salad tossed with olive oil, some herb vinegar we had gotten at the Ferguson Farmer's Market this summer, and freshly ground salt and pepper.  It felt very much like we were eating European bistro food!

8 cups of baguette, cut into 1 inch cups--approximately one French baguette
2 cups of 2% milk--we bought a quart, which was plenty, since we don't normally drink 2%
1 Vidalia or sweet onion, cut into 1/4 inch rounds
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 large eggs
3/4 cup grated Gruyere cheese

Kitchen Supplies:
Glass baking dish--the recipe calls for an 8 inch square but we used our 2 quart rectangular one and it worked just fine!
Cooking Spray
Nonstick skillet

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Heat skillet over medium-high heat.  Add onion rounds, taking care not to separate them to pan.  Cook for three minutes on each side until the onions get a slight sear on them.  Remove from heat.

Whisk together milk, eggs, thyme, salt and pepper.  Add bread cubes and 1/2 cup of cheese, tossing to coat well.  Pour in a glass baking dish coated in cooking spray and place onion rounds on top of bread mixture.  Sprinkle remaining cheese (I grated just a bit more to cover the whole top) and bake for 25 minutes until bubbly.  Cut and serve.

Prior to going into the oven
Calories: 364
Serving size: 1 1/2 cups
Serves: 4

This was my first time trying a savory bread pudding and I must admit, it was just as good as a sweet one.  This would also be good with some bacon or sausage for a nice brunch entree, maybe with some mimosas to go with!

What's your favorite dessert?


  1. Onion bread pudding huh? I never would have thought of that. I am a BIG fan of anything chocolate...yum!

  2. That looks AMAZING! I might have to figure out how to convert it to gf. I'm a huge regular pudding/mousse fan, but I'm not even sure I ever even tried a sweet bread pudding. Will definitely try one next time I see it on the menu.

  3. Onion bread pudding?? Wow! And the calories are not bad at all!

  4. Onion bread pudding sounds great! We had a pumpkin bread pudding this week that was amazing. Now if only I could recreate it at home! :)

  5. @ Jenn: Sweet bread pudding is the best--I even had some this weekend :)

    @ StarletStarlet: Gotta love Cooking Light recipes--they are some of the few low calorie recipe sources that I've found that are consistently flavorful and delicious!

    @ Katrina: Pumpkin bread pudding sounds soo good! If you figure out the recipe, be sure to let me know :)

  6. Never thought of that. I will defintely try it. I put it in my favorites.

    Returning the love from Ourfamilyworld.

    Have a great week
    Olfa T.


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